More than 10 years ago, The Partnership Plan purchased two Star Labs to teach students about astronomy. These large, inflated domes allow students to crawl inside and experience the wonder of the stars in the middle of the day. It’s safe to say that any student who has gone through elementary school in the District has had the joy of being in the Star Lab, and it’s often one of their favorite memories of school.
But the experience is only as good as the teacher, and no one brings more knowledge and passion for astronomy than retired elementary teacher Mark Magnan. Schools have been clamoring for his services ever since they realized how excited students get about learning when they’re in his capable hands. TPP will pay for the Star Lab experience for all elementary school students for the 2018-19 school year.
This grant is made possible in part from an endowment established by former elementary school 3M Visiting Wizard Bill Lundquist. When elementary teacher Amy Tibbetts heard that we were going to fund the Star Lab, she wrote us this incredible letter of thanks that serves as a testimonial to Lundquist and all others who try to capture children’s imagination with the wonders of science. It will brighten your day.
Partnership Plan gala was a huge success!
THANK YOU! Our 11th Annual Partnership Party was an amazing night because of your generous support. Take a look at some of the photos from this memorable, heartfelt night at the JX Event Venue. Our thanks to Vickey Weiss Photography for providing the photos.
We celebrated the final appearance of Duke, the horse sculpture made by Michael Finch, a 10th grader at Stillwater Area High School. Michael got a standing ovation from the crowd when he talked onstage with host Bill Lunn. Our Live Auction was one of our best to date and our Special Appeal really seems to have resonated with our community. Our generous donors at the gala helped us raise funds for an initiative to implement a new program called Yoga Calm in every elementary school. more details
Click on the picture below to see a video describing the results of a Yoga Calm pilot project in Lake Elmo Elementary School this year. You’ll see why lots of teachers are clamoring for this program. It teaches students specific techniques they can use to self-regulate their behavior, and it has a built-in kindness component that gives students practice with complimenting one another. If you haven’t already, please consider a donation to support this important program.